International comparative analyses

PISA

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international study that was launched by the OECD in 1997. It aims to evaluate education systems worldwide every three years by assessing 15-year-olds' competencies in the key subjects: reading, mathematics and science. To date over 70 countries and economies have participated in PISA. Finland has been among the top countries in PISA ranking since the first assessment in 2000.

The research institution responsible for PISA in Finland is the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.

PIRLS

In 2011 Finland participated first time in IEA’s Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). It is internationally the third cycle of PIRLS. PIRLS collects data to provide information on trends in reading literacy achievement of fourth-grade students, while providing baseline data for new countries. The international results of PIRLS 2011 were published in 2012.

The research institution responsible for PIRLS in Finland is the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.

TIMMS

Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an assessment of student achievement dedicated to improving teaching and learning in mathematics and science. TIMSS reports every four years on the achievement of fourth and eighth grade students. The fifth international assessment was done in 2011. The international results of TIMMS 2011 were published in 2012.

The research institution responsible for TIMMS in Finland is the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.

PIAAC

The OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) measures the skills and competencies needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. The survey is carried out by interviewing adults aged 16-65 years in their homes – 5 000 in each participating country and assessing their literacy and numeracy skills and their ability to solve problems in technology-rich environments. The first international results will be published in October 2013.

The research institution responsible for PIAAC in Finland is the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.

TALIS

OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is the first international programme to focus on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools. Finland participates in the second cycle of TALIS - TALIS 2013. The survey is focused in the opinions of teachers and principals on their professional development, working climate and management of the school. First international results will be published in the summer 2014.

The research institution responsible for TALIS in Finland is the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä.